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Opportunities in Allison's wake Since Hurricane Allison struck last June, researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, have been rebuilding and improving their facilities. "We said, 'Let's not just build back what we had, let's aim to do it better,'" says George Stencel, interim vice president for research. He estimates the project's cost in the "several hundred million dollar" range (H. Black, "Allison hits Houston research community," The Scientist, 15[15]:1, July 23, 2001). Destroyed equipment and animals, once housed in the basement, are literally moving up. New imaging equipment, such as MRIs, will be in a "world-class imaging suite" on the ground floor. The suite will be raised by at least three feet to protect against future flooding. Animals will be moved to an upper floor in the eight-story building. Michael Blackburn, assistant...

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